Assistant Professor of Sustainable Horticulture


The Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture announces an academic year, tenure track assistant professor position in sustainable horticulture. The successful candidate will develop an integrated teaching and research program. In teaching, the candidate is expected to develop an outstanding program involving hands-on and on-farm undergraduate education in small farm sustainability. Experience with active- and experiential-learning techniques is expected. The candidate will play a key role in the development of the department’s undergraduate degree programs, particularly the Sustainable Food and Farming Systems (SFS) program. Participation in graduate teaching and mentoring is also expected. In research, the candidate will develop a nationally recognized program that addresses the environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability of horticultural systems. Suitable systems for study might include community-based systems, low-input systems, urban agriculture, controlled environment agriculture, new crops development, or similar¾the possibilities are broad. Research approaches might include agroecology, ecophysiology, or broader systems-level investigations. We expect the candidate to provide evidence of the capacity and motivation to integrate issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their teaching and research, and to engage these issues in the workplace and the agricultural workforce.

The Department and College

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked seventh in the US in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 285 faculty, 2791 undergraduate students, and 769 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx


A Ph.D. in horticulture, sustainable agriculture, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to engage undergraduate students in diverse learning environments and to conduct and publish independent research. The candidate will have strong teamwork and leadership skills, the ability to work within multidisciplinary teams, outstanding oral and written communication skills, and the ability to develop a well-funded and productive program in their specialty. Evidence of training and accomplishments in diversity, equity, and inclusion in previous roles is preferred. The ability to communicate with farmers and other stakeholders is desirable, as are practical crop production skills.


Please submit as a single .pdf file to this site: 1) A cover letter, 2) A one-page statement of teaching philosophy, 3) A one-page summary of research accomplishments and objectives, 4) A one-page statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy, 5) A current CV, and 6) Names and contact information for 4 references.


Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/.


Screening of applicants will begin 31 Jan, 2022, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start-date for this position is 1 July, 2022. A background check is required for employment in this position. Visit our website at https://ag.hort.purdue.edu/


For further information, please contact the chair of the search committee, Steve Hallett (halletts@purdue.edu).


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.